When you're a new mom, you worry about everything—is he eating enough? Is he sleeping enough?Is he sleeping too much? The list is endless. One thing I found myself wondering a lot when my first baby was born was “Is he gaining enough weight?”
For some, this is an issue that is closely monitored because of growth restriction problems before birth, or breastfeeding issues, among other situations. So to have a scale available that you can utilize in your home is a great peace of mind.
The Gerber First Essentials Baby Scale weighs infants down to the ounce, which can be helpful for all kinds of things, including determining how much baby is eating at each feeding. You can weigh your baby before your nursing session and then immediately after and note the change in ounces to see what's been ingested. But even outside technical worrying-type mom reasons, having a scale to accurately weigh your newborn is just plain cool.
The scale comes already assembled, and only requires a (not-included) 9V battery be installed underneath the base. With the infant tray attached, you simply press the On/Off button and wait for the display to show “0LB:0.0OZ” (or 0.00KG, if you're a metric system-lover—it's interchangeable). Then place baby on the scale and wait for the screen to display baby's weight.
I know what you're thinking—”There's no way my baby will be still enough to get an accurate weight on a scale!” But Gerber thought of that. The “Hold” button can be pressed to hold the average weight of your squirmy babe for 10 seconds. Also helpful is the function that stores the previous weight of your infant. This is an easy way to track weight gain (or loss) over a period of time.
Also useful is the “Tare” button. (Anyone remember that term from science lab?) If you're worried about how your baby will do on the hard surface of the scale and want to make him a little more comfortable, you can first weigh the blanket and “zero it out,”making the scale automatically subtract out the weight of the blanket when you place the baby back on the scale wrapped up cozily.
But for all the cool features and utility of the scale with the tray attached, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the toddler version of the scale actually ended up being equally helpful to have around. I'm constantly having to fill out forms for my 3-year old that ask for her weight, and since well checkups move to yearly once kids turn 2, you don't often have a recent weight to fall on. Besides the fact that she just plain loves to “get herpounds” and report them back to me with great importance. It's a great feature of the scale that you can (quite easily, with only the turn of a locking nut) remove the tray and use it with older kids. It makes it a purchase that serves you well for many years.
To buy: walmart.com